The Greenman is an 18th-century former coaching inn that underwent a major refurbishment in 2018. It has been transformed into a fantastic town centre pub and restaurant serving carefully prepared, locally sourced seasonal food alongside classic cask ales and a nicely chosen wine list.
Run by Pete and Laura Dale – previously the driving force behind Ashbourne’s acclaimed Dining Room (a score of 5 in the Good Food Guide and a spot in the top 100 restaurants in the UK) – this pub cures, smokes, preserves, butchers and bakes in house, sourcing many ingredients from within 35 miles of Ashbourne.
On our visit – a family Sunday lunch – the place was bustling. We enjoyed drinks in the bar, ordered our food and were then shown to our table in front of the open kitchen. The cooking impressed – beef done to pink perfection, deliciously unusual veg accompaniments and delightfully light horseradish crème fraiche.
There is a buzz about this pub and with its lively, ambitious team, chances are this vibrancy will continue.
The Greenman is a good choice for all sorts of occasions – whether it’s just drinks, Sunday dinners, snacks (truffled mac and cheese bites or paté de maison for example) or special events.
NB. The pub is located next to a pay-and-display car park.
By Stephanie Walsh, Derbyshire correspondent
Photos: Clive Booth